Incompetent leader shifting the blame

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President Obama told the public in a recent speech that our elected officials have to make the hard choices and address the entitlements given to Social Security and disabled veteran recipients -- making us recipients the problem.

In doing so, he has not only demonized those who have worked hard all their lives, he has insulted every veteran who laid his or her life on the line by making it look like we are a burden to society for having grown old or served our country.

Whether he realized it or not, those of us who were wounded in combat didn't have our hand out looking for money from our government. The entitlement that everyone seems to want to demonize was a compensation for services rendered while defending the edicts of our country's lawmakers in wars in foreign lands.

Having said the above, I want to state that it is the people in government who are at fault for not budgeting our tax dollars properly. It is the president's fault for not governing within the confines of what the government takes in from our taxes. It also is the president's fault for mismanaging our country from the very beginning. It is not the fault of those of us who are being compensated for the sacrifices we made for our country.

The fact that our president refuses to accept responsibility for his lack of leadership, and tried to pawn off the dismal state of affairs in our country by blaming entitlement programs, is yet another pathetic excuse to cover up his incompetence.

Gregory J. Topliff

Warrenville, S.C.

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Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 07/05/11 - 01:41 am
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I can add nothing...thank you
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I can add nothing...thank you for your service to your country. You earned every penny you get and you deserve more.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/05/11 - 05:57 am
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It is said that there is a
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It is said that there is a fine line between genius and insanity. obama has crossed the line.

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scgator 07/05/11 - 06:47 am
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I AM on Social Security

I AM on Social Security Disability @ 60 years old; after major heart surgery (5-by-passes) two years ago, and a stroke in April of this year..........I REALLY wish I could work, but, I cannot. But, do not worry Mr. President...........at the rate my health is declining, I won't be a "burden" on the Social Security or VA roles much longer. Hopefully this will free up some more money for the liberals to throw away. I would like to say it has been nice......however...............

etlinks
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etlinks 07/05/11 - 07:02 am
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Hang in there SCgator

Hang in there SCgator hopefully the tide will turn for the better in 2012.

sconservative
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sconservative 07/05/11 - 08:03 am
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Social Security is the

Social Security is the biggest Ponzi scheme ever. Only the government is above the law. Socialism fails when you run out of other peoples' money.

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burninater 07/05/11 - 10:34 am
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If we cut ALL welfare

If we cut ALL welfare INCLUDING MEDICAID we would still need to RAISE revenue to be able to afford veterans benefits and Medicare, as they currently stand, without running a deficit. Think about that, if even for just a moment.

Beck Tears
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Beck Tears 07/05/11 - 10:34 am
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From my reading on here

From my reading on here today, some folks have taught me, "Don't touch any funding that affects me, go take their money instead." And somehow Obama is at fault for everything. Lovely.

burninater
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burninater 07/05/11 - 10:40 am
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Don't worry Beck Tears, I

Don't worry Beck Tears, I think the hallmark of the independent voter is a healthy BS meter, and the independent voter rolls just keep growing and growing ...

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justthefacts 07/05/11 - 11:28 am
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Apparently so. "According to

Apparently so. "According to a Bloomberg poll released today, just 23 percent of independent voters say they are certain they will vote for Obama, while 36 percent say they will seek out another candidate. A red flag for the would-be reelected."

burninater
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burninater 07/05/11 - 11:50 am
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Bigger red flag: Sixty

Bigger red flag: Sixty percent of TOTAL (not just likely independent) respondents said "any Republican candidate will need to move so far to the right on fiscal and social issues to win their party's nomination that it wil be very hard to back the nominee."

It's one thing to have people unsettled by your candidate. It's another thing entirely to have them unsettled by your entire party.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/05/11 - 12:57 pm
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"It's one thing to have

"It's one thing to have people unsettled by your candidate. It's another thing entirely to have them unsettled by your entire party." I disagree. Most people vote for the candidate vs the party. Especially Independents, who by their very definition, have no party allegiance.

burninater
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burninater 07/05/11 - 01:21 pm
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Yes, but the party determines

Yes, but the party determines the candidate. What this 60% is saying is that they expect any opposing Republican candidate to Obama to be too far right for their taste. Absent a credible moderate to Obama, they will vote for Obama.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/05/11 - 01:29 pm
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We'll see. It's just getting

We'll see. It's just getting started. I hope the 60% are wrong and the republicans come to their senses.

burninater
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burninater 07/05/11 - 01:54 pm
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And to add insult to injury,

And to add insult to injury, any credible third party candidate will probably be FARTHER right than the Republican nominee.

I think the Right's media strategy of choosing righteousness over debate and dissent is killing them politically (media outlets on the Left do this as well, but to not nearly the same extent). By insisting on purer and purer ideology, the Right is losing the ability to enter into meaningful compromise. This is fine, perhaps necessary, for the true believers, but for the majority of us that don't live in an echo chamber, this is a political disqualifier.

Imagine trying to run a workplace where every employee insisted their way was the only way, and refused to compromise on anything. Nothing would get done, and your business would fail.

Why the heck would we elect candidates with the same behavior?

The economy has been a nightmare for the duration of Obama's term, and he us still polling at 50%? His opposition has done an exemplary job of making themselves as unpalatable as a President with record deficits and generation-high unemployment. You'd think this fact alone would suggest a change of political behavior, but as long as the echo chamber of the Right persists, self-reflection will always play second fiddle to proving one's ideologic purity, and this hubris will continue to be their nemesis.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/05/11 - 02:16 pm
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At the same time, there is

At the same time, there is something to be said for honesty vs saying whatever it takes to get elected. We've had plenty of that.

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southernguy08 07/05/11 - 08:41 pm
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BURN, the left is in control
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BURN, the left is in control of one half of congress AND the WH. But somehow you think the right is the great danger to the country. Isn't that Chicken Little suit a little hot this time of year? Yeah, I'm laughing.

gransom
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gransom 07/05/11 - 09:50 pm
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THE best letter ever printed

THE best letter ever printed by the Chronicle and you peons have turned it into a political charade...the strength of Topliff's concerns is (singular, intentionally) not negotiable...There are no reasons to tolerate any more of this political nonsense about compromise, nor the euphemistic "bipartisanship" they'll attempt to claim in order to evade responsibility for actually accomplishing the decision-making for which THEY'VE BEEN ELECTED..."by the" and "for the" (people) does not include wiggle room for career politicians.

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Haki 07/08/11 - 12:35 am
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Is gransom topliff? Ha!

Is gransom topliff? Ha!

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